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Iranian Navy to modernize, deploy destroyer: Cmdr.

Iran Press TV

Thu May 9, 2013 10:20AM GMT

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the Navy is set to fully overhaul and launch a destroyer in the coming days.

"The Bayandor Destroyer will join the naval fleet on May 24 after undergoing major repair work and being equipped with various weapons systems," the Iranian commander told reporters on Thursday.

Hereafter, he said, we can use the destroyer to carry out missions in international waters.

The deployment of the destroyer proves that the Iranian Navy is capable of modernizing equipment.

Sayyari said the destroyer is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment such as missile, torpedo, artillery, sonar and other information and communication systems.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

Iran's Navy launched the Jamaran 2 destroyer in the Caspian Sea on March 16, 2013. Jamaran 2, a Mowj (Wave)-class warship, has been designed and built by Iranian experts and is equipped with high-tech navigational devices and complex defensive systems.

The Iranian Navy launched its first destroyer, Jamaran, in the Persian Gulf waters in February 2010. The 1,420-ton vessel comes with modern radar systems and other electronic warfare capabilities.

Sayyari further pointed to a recent minesweeping drill by the US and a number of its allies in the Persian Gulf, adding, "Arrogant countries have endangered regional security by conducting various maneuvers in the Persian Gulf."

He added that Iran monitors such war games and believes that military exercises are not an appropriate way to ensure regional security.

The presence of foreign powers has led to regional insecurity, said the senior commander, adding that the establishment of lasting security hinges on their pullout.

The United States and its allies, including Britain and certain Arab countries, began a joint military exercise, the so-called International Mine Countermeasures Exercise, in the Persian Gulf on May 6.

Washington claims the drill, which runs through May 30, is aimed at practicing minesweeping and the protection of commercial vessels.

On Tuesday, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast warned the US and other foreign forces conducting the exercises in the Persian Gulf against any provocative actions, saying, "Any move in the area will be monitored by Iran's defense forces."

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